Grace, 13, first came to Achungo to Preschool (“Baby Class”). She lives with her aunt and uncle (they have a subsistence garden) and is the last born of 7 children. One brother is in secondary school, and a sister is in 6th grade in Homa Bay. She loves being at Achungo– “the teachers are very helpful” and now that she’s moved into the girls’ dormitory, “I can really study.” (At home girls are typically obligated to do household chores that leave them without any study time). Her favorite sport is volleyball, but more than anything she likes to sing. Her sweet, strong voice has led her class’ singing at Achungo since her early grades and now with Esther and Laurine, she leads the upper classes in their devotional music. She likes singing and praying in church.
Grace’s favorite subjects are English (“I like to learn new words and read stories”) and also Science and Math. Her dream is to become a TV journalist, reporting the news in different areas, like Nairobi, where she lives with her aunt during holidays. As a journalist, she would like to report on attacks so people will know what is happening. And she would like to make clean water for people who are suffering.
Grace attends Kadika Girls Secondary School.